Apple Donating to Relief Efforts Following Tornadoes in Several U.S. States
Apple will be donating to support relief efforts on the ground following tornadoes and other severe weather across parts of the central and southern United States, according to a tweet shared by Apple CEO Tim Cook on Saturday.
Cook did not reveal the exact amount that Apple will be donating, but the company routinely supports relief efforts following natural disasters.
At least 30 tornadoes were reported between late Friday and early Saturday across Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee, resulting in deaths and widespread property damage, according to CNN.
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the devastating weather and tornadoes across the South and Midwest. Apple will be donating to support relief efforts on the ground.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 11, 2021
Apple Updates AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max Firmware
Apple today released a new 4C165 firmware update for the AirPods 2, AirPods 3, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. The second-generation AirPods and AirPods Max were previously running firmware version 4A400. The AirPods Pro previously had 4A402 firmware available, and AirPods 3 were running firmware version 4B66.
Apple does not offer information on what’s included in refreshed firmware updates…
iPhone 14 Pro Models to Feature Hole-Punch Display
The high-end iPhone 14 Pro models launching in 2022 are expected to have a hole-punch display, according to Korean website The Elec. The 6.1-inch iPhone 14 Pro and a 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected to feature the upgraded display, which will do away with the notch used in the current iPhone models.
The hole-punch cutout will allow Apple to provide a larger display area while still…
Apple Releases New MagSafe Charger Firmware [Updated]
Apple today released updated firmware for the MagSafe Charger that’s compatible with iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models that have magnets inside. The new firmware is version 10M229, up from 9M5069. Note that in the Settings app, you’ll see a version number rather than the firmware number. The new version is 247.0.0.0, and the old one was 126.96.36.199.
The MagSafe Charger initially came out in fall…
Deals: AirPods 3 Drop to New Low Price of $139.99
Amazon today is beating the Black Friday price we tracked on Apple’s AirPods 3 last month, now available for just $139.99, down from $179.00. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we tracked the AirPods 3 at $149.99.
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New iPhone SE Inches Closer to Launch as Suppliers Begin Preparing for Shipments
Multiple component suppliers in Apple’s supply chain are gearing up for shipments of a third-generation iPhone SE, slated for launch in the first half of 2022, according to industry sources cited by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes.
The full report has yet to be released, but a paywalled preview reads as follows:VCM suppliers see no cutback in orders for new iPhones: VCM (voice coil motor)…
WhatsApp Launches Instant Cryptocurrency Payments in the US
WhatsApp has launched a cryptocurrency payment feature for a small number of users in the United States, thanks to Novi integration, a digital wallet owned by Facebook (now Meta).
The pilot program lets users of the encrypted messaging app send and receive money “instantly, securely, and with no fees” using the Paxos Dollar (USPD) stablecoin, whose value is linked to the US dollar.
Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘Secretly’ Signed $275 Billion Deal With China in 2016
Apple CEO Tim Cook “secretly” signed an agreement worth more than $275 billion with Chinese officials, promising that Apple would help to develop China’s economy and technological capabilities, The Information reports.
In an extensive paywalled report based on interviews and purported internal Apple documents, The Information revealed that Tim Cook personally forged a five-year agreement…